Hugo Chavez, Like Lenin Before Him, Will Have His Dead Body Permanently Displayed

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During his political life, Hugo Chavez took more than a few pages out of the playbook of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin, and the emulation will continue even in death.

To this day, Lenin's embalmed body is still on display in Red Square in Moscow. Now, acting Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro announced today that Chavez's body will be permanently displayed in a similar fashion in Caracas.

Chavez's body will be displayed at the Museum of the Revolution, close by to the presidential palace where Chavez ruled for 14 years.

As of now, Chavez's body is being displayed in a glass-top casket at a military academy. Tens of thousands of people have already viewed the body. His body will lie in state for at least seven more days.

His official funeral will begin tomorrow morning.

Some supporters had wanted Chavez's body entombed in the National Pantheon of Venezuela, where Simón Bolívar's body lays in rest (except, you know, for that time Chavez had him exhumed in a crazy failed plot to prove that Bolívar had been poisoned). Some even wanted the two to rest next to each other, despite the fact that Bolivar remains a hero throughout South America and not just to leftist followers of Chavez. Though, a change to the constitution would have to be made to have allow that.

Chavez may be dead, but it appears with moves like this his predecessors may try to keep the cult of personality that surrounded him alive for a long while. 

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